E-crime month: Antivirus

Day-11---Antivirus

The antivirus is the last line of defence you have against computer viruses and choosing the right one is easier said than done. There are a lot of factors to take into consideration when you’re trying to select the best antivirus software for your needs. With the security of your data, digital identity and financial transactions at stake, it’s worthwhile investing some time in assessing each antivirus product.

Viruses are not created by antiviruses companies. This conspiracy theory may be driven by the fact that some cybersecurity companies create viruses to test the limits of their existing protection platforms. The reality is that criminals are the ones creating the latest malware in a never-ending attempt to stay one step ahead of antivirus programs as they try to steal sensitive data and money from users.

Unfortunately, not all antivirus products provide a reliable solution that delivers a good level of protection against malware. We recommended you follow these tips when choosing an antivirus product:

  • Reliability. An antivirus will be useless if it conflicts with your other computer programs on your PC
  • Usability. The antivirus should be easy to use with little or no input from you.
  • Comprehensive protection. An antivirus should be able to provide protection to web surfing, email, ftp and more.
  • Quality. Choose your antivirus based on performance and keep it updated. A list of antiviruses performance can be found here.

There are plenty of antivirus programs available on the market which you can buy. Paid antivirus products have bonus features and functions including firewall, anti-theft tracking, anti-spam features and phishing filters. However some companies offer free antiviruses products which will give you adequate protection from malware.

Choosing an antivirus product isn’t the end of securing your computer; it’s only the beginning. No antivirus product is perfect, and the occasional piece of malware may slip through. Remember, You are your computers first line of defence against malware. Choose your antivirus carefully and keep it updated regularly.

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